Russian duo THE RARE PLANTS GARDEN is beatmaker 813 and Nienvox, two fellows that made a good list of solo and cooperative appearances via Bump Foot, Dusted Wax Kingdom, 813âs own Pop Errors Gallery, and just recently Error Broadcast and Project Mooncircle. From this genealogy one might expect THE RARE PLANTS GARDEN to sound just like the other Russian duo here at 12rec., 2010âs high-flyer Monokle & Galun. However 813 and Nienvox concentrate on psychedelic left-field Pop music, banning the razor-sharp future funk of 813 completely from THE RARE PLANTS GARDENs selftitled debut EP, making the six tracks suspicious being brainchild to Damon Albarn rather than Flying Lotus.
In the aftermath of Britpop, acts like Gryff Rhys, Gorkyâs Zygotic Mynci, The Beta Band or Blur released awkward and subtle music that denied the grande gesture of Pop but offered beauty on second listen. THE RARE PLANTS GARDEN can be reviewed as heirs to this short-lived trend. Their compositions bow to 70s psychedelic Rock, UK Pop and Russian folklore simultaneously. Being well aware of what is happening in nowadays music however THE RARE PLANTS GARDEN do not sound retro a bit â the foggy and slightly mysterious sound of their EP would suit any hipsterâs âchillwaveâ and âwitchhouseâ act equally good. A stunning release.
May 3, 2014 Subject:
THE RARE PLANTS GARDEN
I am not sure I can hang with the other reviewers who gave this album five stars. Let me try to lay my opinion down gently here. On one hand I don't think that the people who are behind The Rare Plants Garden are dumb because apparently they know how to make songs using many audio samples which is in its own way a little impressive but when I just forget about the possible geeky production techniques of how they must have made what they have created and listen to the songs as completed whole ideas of their own I am not that interested in much of it. I give this album two stars. You can go ahead and add an additional +1 star to my review if you feel like you can't get enough mellow Pop music sounds from the 1960's, but for the rest of us I think I'll leave my rating at two stars. Fans of Beck Hansen's Odelay album may dig this, but it is less funky than Beck got on Odelay.
August 4, 2011 Subject:
Why Isn't This Huge?
What a hidden gem of an album this is. It’s six songs of mellow, psychedelic pop with just enough weirdness to keep you interested. The band’s press info references chillwave and Damon Albarn, but you could just as easily point to alternate touchstones like The Free Design and, say, Caribou. There’s a lot going on in these laid-back tracks: chimes, xylophones, accordions, not to mention enough horns and serious bass groove to make Quincy Jones proud. That doesn’t mean that synthesizers and sampled beats are left to the wayside, either. I’m honestly baffled that this ep hasn’t exploded all over the Internet Music Blog Consortium; it’s catchy as hell and there’s lots here for everyone to like.